Leadership Portfolio Program
The Johnson Institute’s Leadership Portfolio Program (LPP) provides a select group of exceptional students with classroom and community-based opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and credentials.
The Johnson Institute offers this leadership development program to highly talented, motivated GSPIA students who are preparing for careers in public and nonprofit organizations in the US and around the world. Among the leadership development experiences the LPP provides is the opportunity to sit on a nonprofit board of directors. Many nonprofits in Pittsburgh have taken this opportunity to enrich and diversify their boards by welcoming one of our talented young leaders to their ranks as fully participating board members.
The number of LPP applications has increased each year, demonstrating that the program is gaining momentum due in large part to the endorsements from students and from nonprofit CEOs and boards who have participated in the program. Several graduates from the first three LPP cohorts have taken leadership positions in the Pittsburgh region, including positions on governing boards of the organizations they served as LPP students. Others are working in other parts of the country or abroad. Nonprofit CEOs and community leaders have been enthusiastic in their praise for the program and nearly all have offered to participate again in the future. One nonprofit CEO writes: “This program is definitely a win-win. [There is] benefit to the students if done properly on our end but unquestionably there is benefit to [our agency] as well by being exposed to these bright students. Keep them coming.”
The Johnson Institute believes that an effective leader is one who integrates the following values into their work in order to build a better world. These five core values are the backbone of the LPP and are used as a lens through which the students’ experiences in the program are viewed. They are:
Self-Knowledge: Effective leaders know their own strengths and weaknesses. They reflect on their leadership skills, attributes, and abilities and they are committed to life-long improvement .
Systemic and External Orientation: Effective leaders monitor trends and events in the external environment and they help followers understand the implications for their enterprise. They are systemic in their thinking, looking for linkages among issues and choices.
Integrity: Effective leaders are commitment to ethical behavior and decision making.
Stewardship: Effective leaders are committed to continuous capacity building and work to ensure that the organization is stronger at the end of their tenure that it was at the beginning. They have a commitment to future generations of stakeholders, both within and outside of the organization.
Accountability: Effective leaders take personal responsibility and accountability for decisions. They establish metrics and measures of progress and are committed to transparency and openness.